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Number of crime offences in the United Kingdom 2002-2020

In 2019/20 the number of overall crime offences in the United Kingdom reached approximately 6.43 million, an increase of around 130 thousand offences when compared with the previous reporting year. Although crime figures were slightly higher in the early 2000s, they were far lower in 2013/14, when just 4.4 million crimes were recorded in the UK.

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The rise in crime witnessed during this period has led to serious questions about how to reverse this trend, and if the police have enough manpower and resources to counter it. Due to austerity measures pursued by British governments after 2010, police forces were forced to cut officer numbers in successive years between 2010 and 2020, resulting in a net decrease of over 20 thousand officers. While there was a slight increase in public sector expenditure on the police force in 2018/19 and 2019/20, the 18.54 billion British pounds spent in the most recent year was still less than the 19.3 billion spent in 2009/10.

Crime rates higher in Northern England


The three regions England and Wales with the highest crime rate in this year were Yorkshire and Humber, North East, and London. London, the UK capital, had a relatively high crime rate of 94.9 crimes per 1,000 people while Northern Ireland had the lowest crime rate of 59 crimes per 1,000 people.

Number of crime offences recorded in the United Kingdom from 2002/03 to 2019/20

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Sources

Release date

October 2020

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

April 1, 2002 to March 31, 2020

Supplementary notes

Crime reports for the following countries include the country-specific crime figures, which were used to calculate for the entire UK.

England & Wales
Scotland
Northern Ireland

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